It’s been 4 lengthy years given that Microsoft launched the closing model of Office for the Mac, in 2010. And it’ll be one extra earlier than the following model arrives, Microsoft stated Friday.

But to tide you over till then, there’s a new edition of Outlook.

Although Microsoft launched the today’s model of its electronic mail patron on Friday, the roadmap to the following model of Office is the actual news. In the primary 1/2 of of 2015, Microsoft will launch a public beta model of Office for Mac, which incorporates Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. In the second one 1/2 of of 2015, the organisation stated, Microsoft will deliver the very last model. Current Office 365 subscribers may be capable of improve for loose, as expected; Microsoft additionally stated that it might deliver a “perpetual license of Office for Mac” (aka a standalone model) withinside the equal timeframe.

Microsoft Outlook for the Mac Office 365


Microsoft launched a screenshot of the brand new Outlook patron, which appears lots like Windows. (Click to enlarge.)

Given that Office 365 customers are nevertheless caught the use of Office for Mac 2011, however,  there hasn’t been plenty incentive to join Office 365—store for the tremendous Office for iPad apps, OneDrive cloud storage, and loose Skype calls.

Microsoft issued an apology of kinds for the delay, noting that it had placed the Mac at the again burner whilst it advanced cellular variations for the iPad and different platforms. “[F]ollowing the discharge of Office 365 we made the aware selection to prioritize cellular first and cloud first situations for increasingly folks that are becoming matters accomplished on-the-move extra frequently,” Microsoft’s Office group stated in a weblog post. “This supposed handing over and persevering with to enhance Office on a variety [of] phones (iPhone, Windows Phone, and Android) and tablets (iPad and Windows)—added collectively via way of means of the cloud (OneDrive) to assist human beings live higher prepared and get matters accomplished with extra performance at work, school, domestic and anywhere between.”

Outlook for Windows, now for the Mac

For the ones acquainted with the Outlook Web App or Outlook for Windows, the brand new Outlook patron ought to maintain few, if any surprises.

Among the brand new functions Microsoft promised for the brand new Outlook patron are higher overall performance and reliability; push guide for actual-time electronic mail; quicker first-time syncing with Exchange, and higher syncing with Windows and the Outlook Web App; plus on line archive guide for looking Exchange. And, of course, the brand new Office interface.

Aesthetically, the brand new Outlook for the Mac appears lots like Outlook for Windows, a part of the perpetual Office 365 improve cycle. (Note, however, that Microsoft has driven modifications plenty quicker to its OWA Web patron than to the standalone or Office 365 model.)

Here’s the way to get it: Consumers ought to go to their My Account web page, whilst business subscribers ought to click on on their Software web page or gaining access to their Office 365 portal.

Why this matters: Basically, Microsoft hopes to trap Mac customers to its perpetual subscription model, in plenty the equal manner it’s hoping to steer its conventional Windows clients to do the equal. The new edition of Outlook is simply an instance of what you’ll receive. Nevertheless, it’ll had been 5 years given that Microsoft has launched a new edition of Office for the Mac by the point it eventually ships. Will that be too late?


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